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Dr. Selker, principle investigator for the OPEnS lab, OSU distinguished professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering, and co-Director of both CTEMPs and His areas of expertise include soil hydrology, environmental monitoring, mechanical, analog and digital electronic design. Dr. Selker has been a professor in the department of Biological and Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University for 26 years focused on Water Resources Engineering, publishing more than 175 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Udell, OSU assistant professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering and Director of the OPEnS Lab. He received his PhD from the University of Florida in Music Composition and Electrical Engineering. He is inventor of U.S. and international patents on wireless sensor technology and data protocols and CEO of a technology startup company.

Cara Walter is a Senior Faculty Research Assistant I in Biological and Ecological Engineering, and in charge of logistics for the OPEnS Lab and CTEMPs. Cara received her M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from Oregon State University.

Bradley Best, Director of Production for OPEnS Lab, is seeking a M.S. in Soil Science degree. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science Ecology, GIS certificate, and a minor in business from OSU. Bradley also has a Computer Aided Manufacturing degree from Chemeketa Community College as well as a degree in Integrated Metals Welding from Mt. Hood Community College. Bradley comes from a multiculturally diverse background: his half-brothers and stepdad are African American, and his niece and brother in law are first generation Japanese. Bradley has been in college for over 10 years. His favorite past time is cultivating blueberries: he currently has 10 different kinds of blueberries plants.


C. Greyston Brady is an ECE (Electronics and Computer Engineering) major with the long term goal of building robots. He is particularly interesting in swarm robotics and machine learning. Greyston enjoys backpacking and rock climbing.

Andrew Brown is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student here at OSU, however, he is also learning C programming in his free time. In the OPEnS Lab, Andrew works on the Slide Sentinel and RootForce teams. Outside of academics, Andrew loves all things outdoors such as biking, climbing and mountaineering. The tallest mountain he’s climbed is the Breithorn in Zermatt, Switzerland standing at just under 14,000 ft.

Max Chu is a first-year mechanical engineering student. He competed on a FTC robotic team in high school and enjoys mountain biking in his free time.

Thomas DeBell is a fourth year student in Ecological Engineering pursing a minor in Chemistry with an emphasis on electronics, and is a recipient of the Beginning Researchers Support Program funding.

Kamron Ebrahimi is majoring in both computer science and electrical engineering. He enjoys writing and playing music as well as training jui-jitsu at a local Corvallis gym in his free time.

Sam Edwards is a second year Industrial Engineering undergraduate student looking at an emphasis in Engineering Management. In high school, she participated in a FIRST Robotics Competition team, and she has been an employee at Cascadia Motion for three summers. Sam’s free time is spent volunteering for FIRST, baking, or burying herself in a good book.

Luke Goerzten is a current fourth year student majoring in Computer Science (Computer Systems) and minoring in Mathematics. He is a self-taught artist and enjoys the outdoors.

Daniel Green is in his senior year at OSU, majoring in CS - Systems. Daniel joined the OPEnS Team to work on the Loom project, specifically focusing on UI, documentation, and usability/learnability. He enjoys all things software but his true passion is in low-level programming and Operating Systems. In his free time, Daniel enjoys backpacking through our beautiful state, cooking Northern Thai/Isan food. Little known fact about Daniel, he is a native of Portland, Oregonian and his family moved to Oregon in 1910.

Gabriela Griffin is a second year mechanical engineering undergraduate student and is currently working on the Evaporometer project. She enjoys rock climbing, bouldering, and spending time outside.

Blake Hudson is a senior majoring in Computer Science (Computer Systems). He is currently working on the Slide Sentinel project. His technical interests are machine learning and data visualization. In his free time, Blake plays basketball and video games with his friends.

Noah Koontz is an ECE major with a knack for software. His past projects have included app development, cloud computing, and autonomous robotics, and he is excited to join the OPEnS lab as an Arduino programmer. When Noah is not working, he is usually tinkering with his stash of LEDs.

Marissa Kwon is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major originally from Oahu, HI. In 2017 she began work at OPEnS as an URSA Engage student researcher and continues to work on various undergraduate projects in the lab. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

Lars Larson is an Ecological Engineering major with an emphasis on water resources and river design.  He grew up in a cabin in the woods in Colorado, studied holistic nutrition, enjoys rock climbing and weight lifting, and plays heavy metal drums and acoustic guitar.

Manuel Lopez is a current fourth year student majoring in Electrical Engineering. He is from Hillsboro, OR and attended Liberty High School. One of his hobbies is to play the guitar, he has been playing since he was six years old. He also likes to travel and is traveling to Mexico this summer.

Grayland Lunn is a current fourth year student majoring in Computer Systems. He is currently working on the Slide Sentinel Project. In his free time, Grayland enjoys playing video games with friends and rock climbing.

Brendan Miller is a third year studying Ecological Engineering. He is currently a member of the WeedSeeker and SensorWiki teams. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and playing instruments, as well as hiking through nature, and camping.

Mitch Nelke is a current fourth year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is from West Linn, OR and attended West Linn High School. He competed in high school FRC and has interned at 3D Systems, and his hobbies include 3D Printing and camping/traveling.

Bao Nguyen is a second-year student majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. I come from Vietnam and attended Blanchet Catholic High School in Salem, OR. Fun fact about Bao: he has attempted hiking the Pacific Crest Trail for 7 days.

Kawin Pechetratanapanit is from Thailand. He’s a sophomore CS student with focus in Machine Learning and Intelligence Systems. Kawin likes programming. In his free time, he programs. Kawin even programs when he sleeps.

Ariel Stroh is studying both Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering, with long-term goals of working for NASA or Boeing. In her free time, Ariel enjoys playing the bassoon and spending time outdoors.

Alicia Veach is an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering. Her hobbies include exploring the outdoors, trying new foods, traveling, and life-long learning. Alicia chose to get involved at OPEnS to be a part of research that relates modern technology with environmental change.

James Yang is currently a second year student majoring in Electrical Computer Engineering. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska and grew up in Corvallis. Fun fact, James taught himself guitar and piano and plays songs by ear.


OPEnS is delighted to be working with the following interns (DeLoach Honors, URSA, CAS Researchers Support Program, unpaid):


Emre Akbulut majored in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science aiming to help Environmental Science research through OPEnS. He snowboards, hikes, and he is passionate about music.

Jonathan Fookes is a senior undergraduate in Electrical Engineering with a Computer Science minor. He joined the OPEnS Team to work on the Sapflowmeter and hasn't looked back! Jonathan enjoys running competitively, downhill skiing, reviewing movies, and trying to learn how to cook. 

Matthew Guo is a junior studying Electrical & Computer Engineering, with a minor in Computer Science. He loves to watch football, listen to music, and kayak.

Brett Stoddard is majoring in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on analog systems and plans to minor in physics.

Faaiq Waqar is a sophomore studying Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics aiming to further environmental technology research through OPEnS.